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Self portrait painting tutorial : ink resist technique on yupo paper

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Self portrait painting tutorial : ink resist technique on yupo paper

Here is a video of an acrylic painting I did with a technique called ink resist. You can do it on regular paper, canvas… here I tried on yupo paper.

Basically what you do is you paint gouache on the parts you want to keep light and you leave the parts you want dark. Once the gouache has dried, you cover the whole surface of the painting with ink. The ink will be in contact of the paper only in the areas with no gouache. Once the ink has dried you rinse the painting under the tap and let it dry.

The difficulty with yupo paper is that the ink will stain the paper but will still wash off , so I had to adjust the painting and add more darks.

Self portrait painting tutorial : ink resist technique on yupo paper

Autoportrait, mixed media on yupo paper

Portrait painting video  tutorial : ink resist technique on yupo paper

yupo synthetic paper

I am using yupo synthetic paper

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Yupo Watercolor Paper

Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers. It’s a synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain resistant, and extremely strong and durable. PH neutral.

drawing on yupo paper

My drawing on yupo paper, I am not trying o be realistic but try a different style.

gouache resist on yupo paper

I mixed a little bit of red watercolor with the gouache to be able to see it better on the yupo paper.

gouache resist on yupo paper

I am painting only the areas where I want to preserve the white of the paper.

india ink on yupo paper

Once the gouache has dried, I am covering the whole painting with India ink.

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ink resist technique on yupo paper

I wash the whole painting under the tap,a part of the ink will stay and stain the paper. I like the patterns it made.

layering acrylic on yupo paper

Yellow acrylic layer.

layering acrylic on yupo paper

Red acrylic layer

layering acrylic on yupo paper

Blue acrylic layer and more colors added

 

Comments (10)

  1. Tutleymutley

    I have had fun with this technique before – in fact, the very first painting of mine that I ever sold used this technique. BUT I’ve only every used watercolour and ink on paper (with gouache) so perhaps I will try using yupo and acrylics to give myself a challenge. Exciting. Sandrine – I love your challenges!

    1. Thanks Terri, I like that you are having fun and taking risks 🙂

  2. A lovely technique, thanks for sharing it Sandrine.. anything else can be used instead of gouche?

    1. Thanks Padma, you can use a few different materials although I find gouache to be the most convenient.
      What yo use need to be removable and make a barrier between the paper and ink.
      Other things you could use are rubber cement (but you would have to peel it off instead of rinsing it), thick tempera paint.
      You can also make a resit with any kind of waxy material like wax crayons but this won’t be rinsed and you can’t paint on top, but you can use colored wax crayons: you can see an example here

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  4. Awesome! I have done this but not on Yupo. Yupo lends a different look to the process.

  5. Siggi

    How interesting…I haven’t tried ink or gouache on YUPO. The process is very appealing for portraits with a difference….
    Thank you very much,
    Sigrid “Siggi” Saradunn

    1. Thanks Siggi 🙂

  6. I paint on Yupo but I’ve never seen this technique. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Linda!

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